* Reprinted from The Roanoke Valley War Memorial

Leroi S. Williams

July 30, 1919 - Nov. 1, 1943

From Roanoke. Graduated from Hampton Institute before the war. Served in the Army Air Forces. Killed at age 24 in a midair collision with another plane over Selfridge, Mich. Survived by his mother, Cordelia Williams; sisters, Virginia W. Kent and Geraldine W. Twitty; brothers, Harold and James. Buried at Williams Memorial Park in Roanoke. His younger brother, Eugene Williams, pledged to follow his brother into the military and "complete his mission." Eugene Williams later died in a plane crash in 1949 during the Berlin Airlift. 

-- Submitted by a friend of the family, Sallye Coleman of Roanoke

Lt. Williams received his air wings in Class 43-G-SE at Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama on July 28, 1943. He was killed later that year in a mid-air collision with another Tuskegee Airman, Lt. William Walker of Suffolk, Virginia while training at Selfridge Field in  Michigan.  The date was November 1, 1943, the day before I was born.  

Leroi Shelton Williams

July 30, 1919 - November 1, 1943

Lucy Addison High School of  Roanoke, Virginia

Class of 1936


Tuskegee Airman

3332nd Fighter Group

2nd Lieutenant LeRoi S. Williams

332 Fighter Group

United States Army Air Corps